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  • The Anchor Graveyard - Praia do Barril

    The Anchor Graveyard (Cemitério das Âncoras) is located on the Ilha de Tavira behind the beach at Praia do Barril. This strange arrangement of anchors is in fact a kind of memorial to the lost tuna fishing industry that once thrived here. The anchors themselves were used to keep the nets in place as opposed to mooring the boats.

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  • Pousada de Dona Maria I, Queluz

    The Pousada de Dona Maria I in Queluz is part of the Pousadas de Portugal network. These provide guest accommodation in some of Portugal's most historic buildings.

    The building is also known as the "Torre do Relógio" (clock tower) and sits across the cobbled courtyard from the palace at Queluz. Despite it's Baroque appearance the building is the same age as much of the palace, i.e. late 18th century.

    Originally this building was built to house the household servants and members of the Royal Guard. After several other uses over the years it became a pousada in 1995.

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  • Carvoeiro

    Forty or fifty years ago Carvoeiro was the quintessential Algarve fishing village. However, being halfway between the resorts of Albufeira and Portimao it was only a matter of time before the tourist industry caught up with it.

    Carvoeiro is still a lovely spot though. It can get a tad busy mid-summer but there are quite a few little coves nearby to explore.

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  • Igreja do Carmo interior, Faro

    The lavish interior of Faro's Igreja do Carmo. The gilded carved wood is typical of churches throughout Portugal but the decor on offer here is the work of master sculptor Manuel Martins. The money to pay for ehis lavish interior is said to have paid for by Brazilian gold back in the days when Portugal had an empire.

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  • Praia da Bordeira

    Peeking over the dunes and past the river towards the vast expanse of sand that is Bordeira. At low tide this beach stretches for around 3km up the coast.

    This is the exposed west coast of the Algarve and has a much wilder feel than around the corner. Instead of cliffs there are sand dunes and the waves here are far bigger and more powerful.

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  • Roman Ruins at Evora

    The Corinthian-like imperial temple in Evora, with its twelve granite columns, believed to have been dedicated to Diana the Goddess of the hunt, dates from the 2nd century AD

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  • Igreja Santa Cruz - Coimbra

    The ornate Manueline facade of Coimbra's Santa Cruz church.

    The church dates back to the 12th century and contains the tombs of the two first Portuguese kings, Afonso I and his son Sancho I

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  • Capela dos Ossos - Evora

    The Capela dos Ossos (Chapel of Bones) in Evora is a wonderfully macabre reminder of our own mortality. It is located to the rear of the Igreja de São Francisco and was built during the 16th century by one of the Franciscan monks who thought it a nice idea to make his fellow monks contemplate on their own mortality. It seems things got a little carried away as the inside is covered in over 5,000 skulls plus a couple of desiccated corpses dangling from the ceiling!

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  • Cantaro Magro - Serra da Estrela

    Cântaro Magro in the Serra da Estrela National Park.

    There is a breed of large, shaggy dog from this region named the Soneca do Cantaro Magro

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  • Archbishop's Palace and Gardens - Braga

    The Archiepiscopal Court (Paço Arquiepiscopal), also known as the Old Archbishop's Palace in Braga. There are three distinct wings to the palace, all dating back to different times and with different styling. This is the Eastern wing which looks out over the Santa Barbara Garden. It is mainly Gothic in style and dates back to the 14th and 15th centuries.

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